Finca La Bolsa was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958. It achieved fame in specialty circles for placing in the country’s Cup of Excellence competition achieving 2nd place in 2002. We were extremely privileged to visit this beautiful farm last year – La Bolsa means ‘handbag’ and was named so as it is nestled between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee trees all they require to produce cups of great quality with the perfect balance of acidity and body.
The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and has a school and nursery on site with fully trained, full time teachers. All of the temporary and permanent staff have access to schooling for their children, and they are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. We were struck with the approach enforced by the farm owners here who are the driving force behind the farm even though they are well into their eighties!
As a result there are no children working on the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is provided for both permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men and women. Sections of the farm are also reserved areas to promote biodiversity, reduce exposure to winds and soil erosion. This lot has been processed using the natural method which means the cherries were handpicked when ripe, sorted and then dried using the farm’s own parabolic dry mill for between 12 and 20 days before being stored for export. Through this process, the beans ferment in their own environment absorbing sugars and enzymatic by-products from the coffee cherry which add real complexity and tropical funk to the resulting cup. It is a unique flavour that is at its best when brewed as espresso or using immersion filter methods such as the French Press. It will take a little milk becoming sweet and creamy in profile, a little like banana custard!
We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.
If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.